Richard Diebenkorn


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The Catalogue Raisonné

Edited by Jane Livingston and Andrea Liguori


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A four-volume definitive resource on the career and unique works of the postwar American artist Richard Diebenkorn

The celebrated American artist Richard Diebenkorn (1922–1993) was a singular figure in postwar American art. Early in his career, he created abstract paintings that combined landscape influence, aerial perspective, and a deeply personal calligraphic language. Then, in late 1955, he began working in a representational mode (landscapes, figure studies, and still lifes) and was associated with the Bay Area figurative movement. Diebenkorn later abandoned figurative references in the 1960s and embarked on monumental abstract, geometrical compositions, including his celebrated Ocean Park works.

This four-volume catalogue raisonné is the definitive resource on Diebenkorn’s unique works, including his paintings, works on paper, and three-dimensional objects. The first volume gives an overview of the artist’s career, featuring essays by noted scholars John Elderfield, Ruth E. Fine, Jane Livingston, Steven Nash, and Gerald Nordland, as well as an illustrated chronology, list of exhibitions, bibliography, and selection of studio notes. The second volume spans his student and early abstract works; the third volume features his representational works during the Berkeley period; and the fourth volume covers his later periods, as well as his sketchbooks and other little-known private drawings. Many of the more than five thousand works illustrated in this catalogue are being published for the first time, and with new color photography that showcases his work like never before.

Published in association with the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Jane Livingston is an independent curator and author. Andrea Liguori is managing director of the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation.  

"Stunning . . . the definitive look at this enduring American master . . . lavish [and] essential."—Alex Belth, Esquire

"A sumptuous, four-volume catalogue raisonné of Diebenkorn’s paintings and works on paper. . . . Here we have our first opportunity to see his career complete, with Diebenkorn’s enormous output of works on paper gathered around his contemporaneous oil paintings. . . . His art, whether representational or abstract, is suffused with an independent, exploratory spirit."—Jed Perl, New York Review of Books

"In [this] new luxe catalogue raisonné . . . there is something for anyone who cares at all for visual art. . . . Any fan—even a casual fan—would covet this gorgeous, slipcased edition."—Malcolm Jones, Daily Beast

"Remarkable. . . . This is a pioneering catalogue raisonné, which is also the first opportunity to see Diebenkorn’s oeuvre in a consistent manner."—Stephen J. Bury, ARLIS/NA Reviews
ISBN: 9780300184501
Publication Date: October 18, 2016
Publishing Partner: Published in association with the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
2176 pages, 9 7/8 x 12 1/4
vol. 1: 299 color illus.; vol. 2: 1,645 color illus.; vol. 3: 2,344 color illus.; vol. 4: 1,496 color illus.
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